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20 places to get free vector images for your designs

February 05, 2020
Places to find free vector image designs

Where can you find fun, free vector images? These 20 vector sites might have just what you need…

Vectors are great and oh so versatile.

They can be used in your user interface, to give it more pizzazz. You can use them on a landing page to give it a breath of fresh air. They’re easy to put on products and merchandise.

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In honor of the humble vector image, Justinmind has rustled up a useful list of 17 of our favorite free vector image websites. Here you’ll find a little of everything so you no longer have to spend hours scouring the internet for the vector image you want. It’s all here. Let’s go.

1. unDraw

Katerina Limpitsouni has created a library of amazing and customizable MIT-licenced illustrations. They’re free and there’s no need for attribution either.

Her whimsical and fun illustrations are also SVG – scalable at any size without losing any of the quality.

Free vector images - unDraw homepage

These free vector images touch on every topic imaginable, from SVGs representing online payments and private data, to soccer and heavy lifting. Eclectic to say the least!

You can even avail of the color image generator she provides on the site. You can literally switch up the main color scheme to match your brand identity.

2. Freepik

Freepik boasts over 800,000 free illustration vectors. There’s everything to choose from. You need animals? What about silhouettes? You’ll find it on Freepik.

Free vector images - Freepik homepage

You can download the files in a variety of formats: AI, SVG or EPS.

Looking for font icons? Then why not check out Justinmind’s free Font Awesome icon kit?

The best thing about Freepik’s free vector images? You don’t need to provide any attribution. You just need to create an account, then start downloading illustrations and icons, saving your favorites to your account.

3. Pixabay

Pixabay is another image search engine with a ton of free vectors up for grabs. Pixabay also aggregates images from other free websites, making their collection even bigger.

You’ll find a great variety of free vector images, ranging from cartoon images to object illustrations and icons for website button design.

Free vector images - Pixabay homepage

All of these are available thanks to a community of creatives who regularly contribute their vector designs, all of which are copyright free – even for commercial use.

4. VectorStock

Vector Stock is home to over 200,000 free vector images. You can sort them by latest uploads or by trending vectors. As with the other sites, the formats include: AI, EPS, PDF and JPG. All free, all yours. However, the vectors are for personal use only, which is a bit of a limitation for freelance designers.

You’ll need to provide attribution if you’re going to use any of the free vector images you find on this site.

Free vector images - VectorStock homepage

A nice touch to the information architecture on this site is the fact that on each vector on display on the homepage, you can click “view similar” to see more like that one. You can see a vampire and then instantly search more under the theme of halloween.

5. Flaticon

If you want access to over a million vector icons then Flaticon’s your best bet. It has collections grouped into packs, for easy browsing, or you can opt to see the best packs of the month.

Free vector images - Flaticon homepage

There’s the whole gamut of icons: strategy and management, friendship, ecommerce, marketing and SEO… you name it, Flaticon’s got it.

Looking for more places to find icons? Then check out our list of the top 24 sites for free app icons!

In fact, it even claims to be the web’s largest database of free icons!

6. Openclipart

Openclipart styles itself as the largest community of artists making the best free original clipart for you to use for absolutely any reason. Not bad. Plus, all the goodies on Openclipart are in the public domain.

On top of that, they add new free vectors to their collection regularly, keeping the library fresh and ensuring you always have access to the latest designs.

Free vector images - Openclipart homepage

This is definitely the place to come if you’re more in the market for drawings and sketches for a website background or to place within texts, as opposed to icons.

7. Vector4Free

Vector4Free is the little brother of free vector image websites. It doesn’t have the biggest collection on the internet, but it has got useful icons. Some are grouped into collections. You can search using the tags or the search bar to get what you’re looking for.

Free vector images - Vector4Free homepage

Their free vector images are added by artists from all over the world and range from comical cartoons to neutral icons and illustrations for business and technology.

And you want to know the best part? There’s zero attribution required because they’re distributed under Vector4free’s licence.

8. The Noun Project

The Noun Project is an awesome repository of more than a million free vector icons. It’s got tons that are customizable and easy to download.

Want more control over your SVG designs? Check out these 11 free and paid SVG editorsfor customizing your vectors!

You can also slip the icons into Google Suite software, meaning you’ll give the swankiest design presentations in the office. And if you’re really feeling techy, there’s a Noun Project API available. Perfect for all your crazy creative ideas.

Free vector images - The Noun Project homepage

And to make it even better, each free vector image is royalty free, meaning you can download them for personal, or even commercial use!

9. Vecteezy

Vecteezy has over 100,000 free vector images and claims to be the largest vector graphics community worldwide.

It’s got a good selection of vectors and you’ll find what you’re looking for there. You can also comment on vectors and give design critique – perfect for vector designers who want free feedback, or for storied designers who want to practise a bit of digital mentorship.

Free vector images - Vecteezy homepage

Many of the free vectors you’ll find on this site are perfect for backgrounds, header or hero images. It’s also a great place to come for if you’re looking for login buttons and other UI elements.

However, that’s not all – their range expands to include food, drink, plants business and many more!

10. Brands of the World

If you need to quickly grab a brand logo to throw onto a landing page, sponsors to go on the back of a t-shirt or need one for a testimonial then head on to Brands of the World.

It’s got the largest collection of free downloadable vector logos of the world’s companies and brands.

Free vector images - Brands of the World vector library

Find any company from Sketch to Kuro Sumi tattoo studio! What’s more, you can see comments and critiques for each one, making it a great place to come and learn or practice a bit of mentorship!

11. Iconmonstr

Iconmonstr is cool because they let you ask for missing icons, as well as casting for a vote for new ones.

Free vector images - Iconmonstr homepage

Here you can download all the usual format suspects including PSD. When downloading their free vector images, you can choose between bold fill, heavyweight vector icons, or thin, lightweight ones with a straightforward, minimalist design.

12. Pixeden

Pixeden came about when a couple of designers and developers needed a one-stop place for all the tools of the modern designer.

The site has a great selection of graphic materials to choose from, including vectors. There are mockup files, vector packs, icon sets and infographic elements too.

Pixeden vector page

We also like Pixeden for its practical free vectors that are handy for web UI design. Their vector range even extends to 3D polygon shapes!

13. Vector.me

Vector.Me has a lot of free vectors. Simply enter your keywords, hit search and browse until you find what you’re looking for.

You can search through vectors, logos and icons and there’s more than 280,000 to choose from all in AI, EPS, SVG and CDR formats.

Free vector images - Vector.me homepage

You can find every free vector you could need for UI design, graphic design for posters, t-shirts or whatever it is you’re after.

14. Pimpmydrawing.com

Pimpmydrawing.com is a free library of people and silhouettes available in AI and DWG formats.

What’s fun about Pimpmydrawing.com (apart from the name!) is the description of the images. A favourite description is an image of a woman walking:

Farmer walking to the side in boots. She looks relaxed. Guess that is the advantage of living in the countryside… Not saying she is lazy just that the stress in the cities is different.

And another of a child running.

Free vector images - Pimpmydrawing.com homepage

If you’re after free vector outlines of humans, this is definitely the place to come!

15. Reddit

OK, Reddit is not the place where you’d normally find vectors. But, if you search on Reddit you’ll often find users posting their work for people to use for free.

Free vector images - Reddit Vector Art community

In fact, it’s a great place to look for a community where you can join vector subgroups can find new vector image sites and discover tips on how to create and edit your SVGs.

16. Freevector.com

Freevector.com has it all. Logos, vectors icon sets and categories to make searching easier. There are over 16,000 graphics to choose from and you can easily sign up with Facebook in just a click.

Free vector images - Freevector.com homepage

If you’re looking for free vector images that are colorful and fun, this is the site to come to. You’ll find both flat, 3D, bold and cartoon-style vectors here.

17. Streamline Icons

Free vector emoji, you say? Sign us up. Streamline Icons boasts over 780 free vector emoji on its website. You can either download all of them at once or browse to find whatever you’re looking for. These could look great on an onboarding page to provide a little personality.

Free vector images - Streamline Icons homepage

Streamline also have a collection of 3,000 vector illustrations that you can use on websites, apps, marketing and print materials too.

These free vector images include everything from bold glyphs, to minimalist, geometric designs. You can download each vector illustration in three different weights: light, regular and bold.

18. Shutterstock

It’s hard to go wrong with over 50 million free vector images that are royalty free! Shutterstock offers you a wide range of free vector images to suit all purposes. Whether you’re after vector backgrounds, clip art, icons or illustrations, you’ll find it here!

Free vector images - Shutterstock homepage

In fact, you have everything to hand for complete UI designs, with logos, wallpapers, patterns – even wallpapers and frames available!

We also think it’s a nice touch that they include a basic tutorial answering some of the most common questions about SVGs and how to get started with them.

19. 123FreeVectors

Hosted by Squarespace, 123FreeVectors boasts over 100,000 free vector images, principally for backgrounds. If you’re in the market for a great free hero image or background for your blog or landing page, this site is definitely worth a visit.

Free vector images - 123FreeVectors homepage

You’ll find every type of background vector image you could need with designs ranging from colored patterns to geometric styles. And on top of that, they span every theme imaginable from Adobe Illustrator Brushes to medical backgrounds!

When it comes to giving credit, you’ll have to check the original source for each one. Thankfully they provide a link for this below each vector.

20. All-free-download.com

All-free-download.com offers up a nice buffet of free vector images. If it’s variety you’re after, it’s definitely worthy of your perusal! They have everything from clip art to UI elements.

All-free-download.com free vector page

They also have a whole bank of icons, ranging from fun to business, flat to skeuomorphic, and from monochrome to colorful. The best part? They’re entirely free to download as JPGs and use as you please.

Use your vectors in Justinmind

Did you know you can easily use vectors in the Justinmind prototyping tool? In fact, all of our widgets are SVG vectors, meaning you scale them appropriately to whatever project you’re working on. Or alternatively, just import and use your own in your next website or mobile app design.

While you’re at it, why not take a look at some of the great ways you can import and use SVGs in Justinmind?

Best sites for free vector images – conclusion

With so many vectors available online, you’ll never struggle to find what you’re looking for. The 16 listed above will give you plenty of material to use no matter what you’re designing.

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